Thursday, December 24, 2020

Seeing Well

So the other day, I posed a query in my IG stories....

There were multiple responses on three pretty basic themes:

  • Glasses. Low-magnification (1.0-1.25) readers really help some folks.
  • Aging eyes. Um, yes, that's always a possibility. That and a few folks suggested being checked for cataracts. My friend has been checked and there's no sign of them, but still, something to consider if you are experiencing the same issue.
  • Lighting. Yes, this was the most common response. There were many suggestions - a bright task light, be it table top, floor lamp, or one that clamps - all depends on the person's work space [mentioned were Daylight Slimline lamps and OttLite; I also have a Stella that I love]; direct light, preferably daylight bulbs (mentioned several times!); a reading LED light that sits around your neck to shine right onto your handwork [something like this]. 
All good suggestions! And obviously, finding the one that works for you is key. If you have other suggestions, please leave them in the comments! 


  1. So I did a little more reading on this subject and found this information that seems to explain it all...In fact, a fifty year old needs twice as much light as a thirty year old in order to see adequately at night! It turns out the tiny muscles that control the size of the pupil are responsible for letting in more light when it's dark, and like any muscles, they get weaker with age. Macular degeneration can also be a problem with some folks, but fortunately, that has also been ruled out. So it's a muscle thing! Thanks for asking your other readers. I had that LED neck light on my wish list this year, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

  2. What a interesting discussion! And I think Sharon is on to something there! I certainly know how much I need a bright light for night time hand stitching! And I am much older than fifty!Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, Debbie!

  3. This is what I learned in school. The light receptors in our retinas are called rods and cones. Rods are what we use to see in low light. As we age both rods and cones decrease, but the rods decrease faster. Merry Christmas! (can't believe that I'm writing about rods and cones on Christmas day).

  4. A family member had problems and she was given a series of exercises to strengthen her eye muscles. There are several sites on line which could be helpful.
    I have an eye condition and have to use warm compresses when I shower as a means to keep my eye glands and ducts clear. Hope this is a help to others.
    As crafters we rely on our eyes and hands so much and would be lost if we had problems with either.
    Happy Christmas and a much improved 2021 to everyone.
    Jo in Liverpool England

  5. I've been having that same problem and was using the magnifier with light that hangs around your neck. It worked, but I still needed more magnification, so I ordered one of these: . I wear trifocals, but I can take them off and use this and see every tiny detail perfectly!

  6. Is is possible to mention a brand name? If not, you can strike my comment. Use an Ott-Lite lamp or something similar. They provide bright, clear light. I find them very useful for sewing at night.